Travelista73: Welcome to Provence

December 07, 2011

“There could be nothing more calming than to spend your evenings in the woods, being rocked to sleep to the melodious sound of the wind in the trees...”

This calming vision is one that soothes me when I’m feeling down or overwhelmed by life; it also continues to inspire my lifelong dream of owning an old cottage in the heart of the Provencal countryside.

While looking into properties in Provence the other day, I came across a lovely B&B that stole my heart. Drenched in sunshine, a square courtyard benefiting from the shade of a large plane tree, a small fountain trickling water from the source, dry stone enclosures, chirping cicadas, and nestled in the heart of the vineyards of Beaumes-de-Venise —welcome, you are at The Clos Saint Saourde, Provence.

Located in an extraordinary area, opposite the Dentelles de Montmirail, 30 minutes from Avignon, parts of the buildings—which date from the 18th century—have been carved out of the adjacent rocky landscape. The imaginative interiors have been thoroughly integrated into the natural décor and honor the historic architecture of the structure. The Clos Saint Saourde is a little slice of luxury on a historic Provencal farm – think lavender-scented breezes, buzzing cicadas and rolling vineyards at its doorstep.
From here it’s just a quick trip down the road to the villages, where guests can pick up a bottle of sweet Muscat, a loaf of fougasse, and from Vigier, one of the 150 cheeses for the perfect picnic lunch. Save room for dinner: two Michelin-starred restaurants- Le Grand Pré a Roaix and Le Vivier a L’isle Sur La Sorgue-are just a few minutes away.

What truly stole my heart was the “La Grange” which is an independent house with its own private swimming pool. It is so pretty! The terrace offers majestic 360ª vistas of the Dentelles de Montmitaille, Mont Ventoux and the Vaucluse plains.
La Grange comes with all the character and charm of the main house, plus added privacy if you are a group or couple looking to get away from it all, de-stress and enjoy the wonderful things the La Grange and the local area has to offer. The only way for me to describe this little piece of heaven is “Perfection”.

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